Dress up these simple cookies with a dusting of powdered sugar or a drizzle of icing. If you don't have cookie cutters, you can form dough into two 8- to 10-inch logs before chilling, then cut into 1/2-inch thick slices before baking.
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out cookies
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg until well blended. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until combined. Divide dough in half and shape into two discs. Wrap in waxed paper and chill until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Working with one disc of dough at a time, roll out dough on a floured surface until (1/4-inch) thick and cut out cookies with floured cookie cutters. Transfer cookies to parchment paper-lined baking sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart.
Bake until just golden around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool and then decorate as desired. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Per Serving: Serving size: 2 cookies, 130 calories (50 from fat), 5g total fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 25mg cholesterol, 55mg sodium, 20g carbohydrates, 2g protein.
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